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Belgian Malinois

Also known as: Belgian Shepherd (Malinois variety)

Breed origin: Belgium
Original purpose: Sheep herding dog.

AKC recognized: 1959
AKC group: Herding

Size: Height: males 24 to 26 inches; females 22 to 24 inches
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Color: Rich fawn to mahogany with black mask and ears.

Life span: 10 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Belgian Malinois is strong, agile, well muscled, alert, courageous, intelligent, inquisitive, and full of life. As companions, they are gentle, affectionate, devoted, very possessive, and naturally protective of their masters and their property without being overly aggressive. They are watchful and attentive, and are observant and vigilant with strangers, but not apprehensive. They possess a strong desire to work and are most content when given a job to do. This breed is closely related to three other breeds: the Belgian Laekenois, the Belgian Sheepdog, and the Belgian Tervuren. In fact, the only difference between these four breeds is their coat type, the Malinois having the shortest coat.

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Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, Schutzhund, herding, sledding, tracking, search and rescue, therapy, guiding and assistance, police work

Known health problems: Cataracts, epilepsy, thyroid problems, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, pannus.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Belgian Malinois (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Robert Pollett and Isabelle Francais
Published in 2005
160 pages

Belgian Shepherd Dog
By Robert Pollet
Published in 2000
176 pages

The Complete Belgian Shepherd Dog
By Deborah Fleming
Published in 2003
176 pages

Belgians from Start to Finished
By Sallyann Comstock
Published in 2004

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Belgian Malinois Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Belgian Malinois Club Rescue

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